Maybe everyone has figured this out by now…but I love blogging.
No.. like, seriously….I REALLY love blogging.
BUT I have also noticed that people in the Lakes Area are not real familiar with blogging and the Blogoshere. Fellow blogger and local gal-pal Laura Radniecki from The Rad Life said it best:
“When I tell people I’m a Blogger, they look at me like I just said ‘I’m a booger“…….
However, it is getting better. People are more informed these days. More interested in what blogging can do for them or their businesses. I hope they continue to be interested because, like I always say, “dude, the tsunami that is Social Media is here, and there still tons of people that don’t know how to swim.”
So why I thought I would try something new today. Kind of a Mini Tutorial so-to-speak on an easy, yet important part of blogging and reading blogs. How to comment on a blog. It’s not hard, and yet some people are intimidated by it. I admit it, I am a glory hound. My needy side really wants to know what you think of what I write.
I am a comment ho.
So here we go. How to Comment on a Blog:
When you enter a blog to read something, usually at the end of the post you will see something like this:
If you click this link or the “1 Comment” (like above), you will go to the comment posting page. (Note: in some templates, this link may take you to the post page first. From there you should be able to find the “Post a Comment” link which will take you here.) The comment posting page looks like this:
On the right hand side of the page is the space for you to enter your comment. Beneath that are the identity options. (Some of these may not be available, depending on the blog’s settings.)
The options are these (pick one):
* “Your Blogger user name” (if you already have one or have a Blogger blog): Your display name will appear, along with a link to your profile and your photo (if you have one). This is a super useful tool in getting your own blog visited. You visit a new blog and comment, the owner of the blog can see who you are, click the link, and pop by your blog to return the favor and become a Follower.
*”Other”: You can enter your name and a link to your website, without having to have a Blogger account.
*”Anonymous”: No identifying information is displayed. The comment is credited to “Anonymous” without a link. This works good for people who are not registered with Google or don’t have their own blog yet. If you want to identify yourself, simply include your name and email (if you want) within your comment. Don’t think this is an easy way to be snarky, rude, obscene, or disrespectful. Leave an inappropriate comment as “Anonymous” and I can still find you. And trust me, I will.
Your final step would be to click the big blue “Publish Your Comment” button. Some blogs have a word verification box pop up that requires you to type a code before your comment will publish. This is done to cut down on spam and make sure you are human, not a robot.
There! You did it! See? Not so hard, eh? I hope to see your bright, shiny, inspiring comments on this blog soon. Next week I will take it a step further and talk a little about Comment Best Practices.
Oh, and before you vamoose, check out our newly updates Smart Friends Page. Lots of cool new peeps and businesses have been added. ttfn!
Becky Flansburg is author and creator of Mom Squad Marketing and owner of LAMS Communications. Becky is a blogger, writer, virtual assistant, and social media junkie. The main goal of Mom Squad Marketing is to shine the spotlight on local moms/women in business and provide info, tips, and ideas to make women entrepreneur’s lives EASIER. You can reach Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org